Shanti Celeste is an up and coming house producer from Bristol, England. Her latest 2-track EP features the jungle healer ‘Make Time,' combining a rich collection of synths and electronic breaks. A real treat — add it to the bag.
Joakuim is an electronic producer from Marseille, France. He apparently spent some time in Mexico City where some friends introduced him to the liquid drum n bass sounds of Alix Perez and Lenzman. The influence is evident, while he's personalized his vibe with smooth-house touches.
Check out his newest track ‘Desires,' now a free download via UK-based label Deep Heads.
Gulu singing legend and ‘Acholi folk pop’ pioneer Otim Alpha teamed up with London producer Jesse Hackett and multi-instrumentalist Albert Ssempeke to produce Ennanga Vision, “deconstructed musical forms from the kingdoms of Uganda.”
The album's single ‘Otim's War' mashes together techno elements into traditional choral signing. The result is something like you've never heard before. The music video is fascinating too.
Jamaican-based dancehall music group Equiknoxx Bird Sound Power is one of Boomkat's albums of the year, which the site describes as “a paradox, utterly fwd but classic, and with as much potential to turn new heads onto current JA sounds as Mowax’s Now Thing set back in 2001.”
While most of the tracks were recorded this year, the oldest riddim goes as far back as 2009. Wicked, next-level stuff at any age.
Favorite tracks: Last of the Mohicans, Timebird, Someone Flagged It Up
Citizen Boy is a Durban electronic producer pioneering the Gqom sound emerging out of Durban, South Africa. His fellow Gqom Oh! label-mate DJ Lag called the localized genre, “a mix of elements of hip-hop and house.”
Citizen Boy's track ‘Indaba Ka Bani Besibenuza' is a tribal dance beat that tries to encapsulate the resourceful experiences of “Zulu culture and history.” The song also translates into ‘who cares if we dance under the influence of drugs.'